Monday, November 18, 2019

Herstory Doll Video and Photos

Herstory doll

This lovely doll arrived from Canada.  She is fully described in the video, photos, and in the written description below.

Photos

This close-up provides a better look at her adorable face and big brown inset eyes.

Her string jointing is illustrated in this photo.  She is tightly strung.

This photo captures her pedicure and her dark pink sandals.

In this photo, she wears a pulled up, side ponytail.  Finger combing is all her hair needs.  Combing or brushing her hair will cause it to frizz.
In the video, I omitted that she is articulated under the breast area.

 Height Comparison Photos
She and A Girl of All Time Bex are about the same height.

They can wear each other's clothes, but they do not wear the same size shoes.  The Herstory doll's feet are smaller.  Bex's shoulders are broader than the Herstory doll's.

In another height comparison photograph, the Herstory doll is shown with Journey Girls Taryn who is a full inch taller.  Taryn appears to be more than an inch taller than the Herstory doll because her sandals have a thick sole.

An entry in my Excel workbook for this doll reads as follows:
17-inch multi-articulated doll has dark brown natural-textured hair, brown stationary eyes with applied upper eyelashes, and a medium-brown complexion.  She wears a white tunic-length top made of a dark pink floral-print fabric, and white Capri pants with bows at the lower sides that match the fabric of the top.  The top has four buttons in the back, two of which are functional (no Velcro closure).  She wears dark pink sandals.  Her extra articulation is under the breast area, at the elbows, wrists, knees, and ankles.  She can sit or stand. 

Sitting Pretty




As mentioned in the video, the Herstory dolls are on sale for the entire month of November 2019 for $74.99 plus shipping.  No code is necessary.  The discount will be automatically applied after the doll is placed in your cart.

Here is a link to their Shopify store.



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Friday, November 15, 2019

Actual Photos of My BMR1959 Dolls

Barbie BMR1959 dolls have been deboxed.

I did not have time to photograph the Barbie BMR1959 dolls I purchased when they arrived to include the photos with my video post.  This is a more detailed description of each doll with some comparisons made.

GHT91
She poses alongside her shoebox-style box that contains her illustration.

A close-up of her lovely face illustrates her brown eyes, honey blonde braids, dark red lip color, and the beauty mark above her lip on her left.

The Made-to-Move body has interesting jointing.

She strikes an additional pose in front of her box.
I recorded the following description for this doll in my doll inventory Excel workbook.
Tan complexioned girl with honey blonde braids and top-knot of braids has painted-on baby hair, brown painted eyes, dark red lip color, and green fingernails; wears a yellow BMR1959 logo long-sleeve crop top with mesh sleeves, one-piece biker shorts with a racetrack checkered pattern on the sides and the back, royal blue plastic fanny pack, and pink low-top sneakers.  Jewelry: Silver drop earrings, two silver rings on the right hand, BMR1959 logo ring on the left hand.  Has a beauty mark above the lip on her left.  


GHT94
This lovely doll was photographed while still attached to her purple box liner.  She has brown painted eyes, eggplant lip color, and painted-on baby hair.

This full-view photo was taken prior to removing her from the box.


Free to move, she poses in front of her box.

She is happy to be free!

Lovely!

Striking a pose


The vinyl on the back of these dolls' legs is uneven caused by the molding process.  This doll's vinyl is also discolored in this area.

Here she poses from the back wearing the hood of her dress with her jacket removed.
Her description reads as follows:
Doll uses the Curvy Barbie made-to-move body, has black hair styled in a ponytail with painted-on baby hair, brown painted eyes, dark lip color, and off-white nail polish; wears nylon floral-print dress, clear plastic jacket with Barbie BMR1959 logo in white stamped throughout, gold booties, silver earrings with BMR 1959 logo, and yellow sunglasses attached to her head.


GHT96
Like the girls, the guy poses in front of his illustrated box.

He's very photogenic.

He shows the BMR1959 logo that is on the pocket of his overalls.

All three have knees that look similar to his.

He and the doll with braids have the same uneven vinyl on the back of their legs that the darker-skinned doll has; hers is more apparent.

He, too, poses without his jacket.
His description reads as follows:
Dark tan complexioned male with made-to-move body has bright green flocked hair, brown painted eyes with mauve eyeshadow, and mauve lip color; wears a purple sleeveless shirt, bright green overalls with BMR1959 on bib pocket, huge white plastic chain necklace, royal blue bubble-style jacket, and orange high-top boots with platform soles. His fingernails are painted dark pink. 

Each doll's certificate of authenticity is attached to the back of the box liner.


All three dolls have a black BMR1959 logo doll stand (not shown) and certificate of authenticity, which is shown above.  The clothing worn by all three is 1990s inspired.

The Trio
With jacket, coat, and blouse on, respectively, they were photographed; and again...

...not wearing their jacket, coat, and blouse, respectively.
Complexion Comparisons
Because colors will differ from device to device, I decided to add the following complexion comparison photos for each doll to provide a better idea of their true skin tones.

Biker Girl's complexion is compared with Barbie Fashionista #123, whose complexion is slightly darker than Biker Girl's.

Guy '59's complexion is compared to Barbie Basics Model #17, who is just a shade darker than Guy '59.

Lovely's complexion is compared with Fashionista #5.  Their heads are about the same complexion with #5's body a shade lighter, maybe than Lovely's body.  By the way, Lovely's head and body are the same color.
I haven't actually named the BMR1959 dolls.  The names used with the comparison photos were randomly selected as I typed the captions.


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Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Interactive Mobile Black Doll and History Museum


A fellow doll enthusiast has started a Kickstarter for an Interactive Mobile Black Doll and History Museum. The goal is to purchase a trailer to house the mobile museum. Read the goal and more about the mobile museum at the Kickstarter donation link and donate if you can. Thank you!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/85996297/interactive-mobile-black-doll-and-history-exhibit/description

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Monday, November 4, 2019

Reveal: Three Barbie BMR1959 Dolls Video

In lieu of photographing and writing extensively about the three Barbie BMR1959 dolls that I chose to purchase, I decided to create a video of the unboxing.  The dolls arrived on Saturday, November 2, 2019.  The video states "yesterday" because it was created the day after the dolls arrived.   Prior to creating the video, I had already removed one of the dolls from the box attachments (as you will see in the unedited video). 





This Barbie Signature Collection was designed by Carlyle Nuera.  Not mentioned in the video is that all three dolls have painted fingernails.  In the order that they appear in the video (GHT91, GHT94, AND GHT96), their fingernails are painted green, off-white, and pink.

When my order was placed for this trio, all six dolls were in stock at Barbie.Mattel.com.  At the time of this writing, most had a preorder status at the Barbie Mattel site.


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Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Barbie BMR1959 Collection



Snipped photos of the Barbie BMR1959 Collection (BMR stands for Barbie Millicent Roberts, which is Barbie's full name).

The Barbie BMR1959 collection of six dolls wearing '90s-inspired  "streetwear" is now in stock at Barbie.Mattel.com.  First announced several months ago with only silhouette images of the dolls, I had hoped that an African American male would be included in the collection.  Unfortunately, there is not!  Mattel, please do better.  Everyone needs to be represented and so often black male dolls are omitted, erased, eliminated from collector lines.

I did order three of the six and at checkout, there was a $27.94 promotional discount.  I did not have to enter a promo code.  I am not sure how long this promotion will last.  So if you're interested in adding these to your collection, order now.

Five of the six were available at Walmart.com.

The lovely girl in the floral dress and clear BMR1959 logo'd jacket is on Amazon at the time of this post; if you're a Prime member, shipping is free.



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Monday, October 28, 2019

As Seen on the Shelves of Walmart

My Sweet Love Playsets from Lots of Love Babies; smiling and looking curious, respectively, one has a bathtub, the other has a baby bed.

I decided to take the above and the following pictures to share here while browsing the doll aisles at Walmart. 

The first dolls that caught my eye were the mini babies and playsets, My Sweet Love dolls from the Lots to Love Babies line.  I believe Berenguer is the manufacturer.  They are all-vinyl, 5 inches tall, and have different facial expressions.  They were priced at $4.88 each.

My Sweet Love with a green and purple scooter and another with a rocking horse.

The one on the left has a baby seat with tray.

The one on the right sits in a pink infant carrier.

This close-up provides a better view of the My Sweet Love baby seated in an infant carrier.

There were other My Sweet Love Babies with different head sculpts than the ones described above.  Sold as dolls only, they have a light-brown-to-tan complexion, shown next:

These cuties were priced at $3.98 as shown.  Dressed in colorful pastel shirts and panties, they are all-vinyl with molded hair.  They share the same facial expression.

Also available were a dark- and medium-complexioned Keyara (Kenya's Baby Sister) and a dark-complexioned Sparkle and Shine Kenya.

Sparkle and Shine Kenya is shown above in a medium complexion.
Also from the Kenya line is Sparkle and Shine Styling Head Kenya.  She has a lovely head sculpt.

I checked to see if the 18-inch My Life [cancer] Survivor doll was there, but none were in stock.  The following three My Life dolls were available.

My Life as an Everyday Girl and My life as Class President
My Life as a Vlogger
There were three different Princess Tiana dolls seen.  I almost regret not getting the mini-doll...
and/or the one on the far left above.  They are Comfy Squad Tiana (she has a kooky expression), Royal Shimmer Tiana, and Petite Tiana (the mini-doll that is about 4 to 5 inches tall).  If she's still there, I will probably bring her home the next time I shop (but there were only two!).

Sparkle Girlz fashions priced at $1.97 each
I sifted through the above Sparkle Girlz fashion display box and picked out the following for myself... I mean for my Barbie-sized dolls with slender bodies. 

A one-piece dress with dark pink bodice and multicolored straight skirt includes a pair of pink mules; and a one-piece dress with a red knit bodice, white collar and cuffs, denim skirt, and silver box purse.

On the left, a green/orange/tan top pairs well with an ombre-green separate skirt and red high heels; white blouse with embroidered neckline and flared sleeves and Aztec patterned leggings and a red handbag are on the right.

I also saw the #Snapstar dolls, one of which I purchased months ago but returned.  A few #Snapstar wigs were available.  I purchased a red one for one of my other dolls to wear if needed.  The wig was $4 and change.

The wig looks great in the box graphics.

The wig quality, unfortunately, is poor.  The ends are quite rough and uneven.  It sheds when combed.  The very thin plastic wig stand and comb were included.

This image was taken from the back after I combed through the wig to remove most of the loose fibers.

This wig fits LIV Alexis well, but she opted to return to her own wig as seen here with #Snapstar doll I returned months ago. 
There were lots of Barbies on Walmart's shelves along with the holiday Barbies (white and black versions), which I forgot to photograph. 

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A few weeks ago, my husband called me from Wal-Mart, all excited about a "black Barbie in a wheelchair" and a "boy with plastic cornrows," wanting to know if I wanted them.  I was hesitant about the wheelchair Barbie (because I just like dolls and have no room for accessories, none), but I did want cornrowed Ken, which is actually the same doll as Classic Cool.  The newer version has a deeper complexion.  He talked me into getting Fashionista #133.  "Your collection needs to include unique dolls.  This doll even has a ramp."   I said, "Alright! Get that one, too."

So here they are, Fashionista #133 and #130.

Fashionista #133 shares the same head sculpt (and hairstyle) as Fashionista #80 (Cheerful Check).  Dressed in a multicolored striped blouse with cold shoulders, denim pants, and low-top white sneakers, she wears silver shades on her head.  Her hair is styled in two Afro puffs.  Her multiple points of articulation allow her to sit in her turquoise wheelchair with ease.  Her wheelchair ramp is Barbie pink. 

Fashionista #130 will have a makeover of his cornrows as soon as he is released from the box and as soon as time permits (probably not before the Thanksgiving holiday or Christmas break).  He wears a black and white jersey with the number 4 on the front.  Los Angeles is repeated around the hemline of the jersey.    Light blue denim pants and low-top white sneakers complete his casual look.


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